Animal photos of the month (25 photos)

Estela the baby spider monkey
Estela the baby spider monkey, who was abandoned at birth by her mother, is cared for by Harna Burton, a keeper at Melbourne Zoo, Australia. (Photo: James D. Morgan / Rex Features)
A family of baboons enjoy the sun
A family of baboons enjoy the sun in their enclosure at Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg. (Photo: Reuters)
A baby squirrel curls up
A baby squirrel curls up into a tiny ball while his mother gently carries him in her mouth to the safety of the nest. (Photo: Morkel Erasmus/Solent)
A Dogue de Bordeaux
A Dogue de Bordeaux is pictured on the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham. (Photo: Reuters)
Two grizzly bear cubs
Two grizzly bear cubs spar with each other. (Photo: Andy Rouse / Rex Features)
Kriba the Western Lowland Gorilla cuddles her baby
Kriba the Western Lowland Gorilla cuddles her baby, named Kipenzi, in their enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia. (Photo: Newspix / Rex Features)
Lemur and dog friendship
A lemur which was taken home by zookeepers after an operation has made best friends with their dog. (Photo: SWNS)
A lion cub in its mother's mouth
A lion cub is carried in its mother’s mouth in the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya. (Photo: Karsten Lehmkuhl/
Mother gibbon with baby
A newborn White-Handed Gibbon baby is seen with its mother Bettina, aged 32, as she climbs a rope at the Ramat Gan Safari near Tel Aviv. (Photo: Reuters)
Black rhino Nyota with mother Vuyu
Black rhino Nyota with mother Vuyu at Port Lympne (Photo: Vincent Catt/Solent News)
Seven ginger guinea pigs
Seven ginger guinea pigs rescued by The Blue Cross animal charity. (Photo: The Blue Cross)
The Verreaux sifakas dancing
The Verreaux sifakas in Madagascar (Photo: John Devries/Solent)
Goat and chicken friendship
John the baby goat makes friends with Charlie the chick at Reddish Vale School Farm near Stockport. (Photo: Andy Lambert / Men Syndication)
Kitten and chicken friends
This newborn chick, who is just a few weeks old, has apparently struck up an unlikely friendship with a kitten who helps protect her from pesky vermin. (Photo: Caters News)
The smallest horse
Einstein exhibits no dwarf characteristics and is simply a very small miniature horse. His mother Finesse stands a relatively tall 32 inches and his dad Painted Feather slightly smaller at 30 inches. (Photo: Charlie Cantrell/ Barcroft Media)
Flamingo falls
A flamingo loses its balance and falls over whilst trying to stand on one leg in its pool at Moscow Zoo. (Photo: Caters)
Lion vs. Zebra
This lion was left to rue the day he ever crossed this particular zebra – after it escaped his deathly jaws and delivered a painful kick to the face for good measure.  (Photo: Tom Whetten / Caters News)
Cute meerkat
A meerkat investigates a daffodil at at Knowsley Safari Park, in Merseyside, Liverpool. (Photo: Julian Hamilton / Mercury Press)


Goat with the monkey on its back
Goat with the monkey on its back at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna. (Photo: Romashchenko Elena / KNS)
One-week-old meerkat cub
An employee bottle-feeds a one-week-old meerkat cub at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Photo: Reuters)
A giant panda cub plays with the boots
A giant panda cub plays with the boots of her feeder at the enclosure at the Giant Panda Research and Conservation Centre in Chengdu, in southwest China’s Sichuan province. (Photo: AFP / Getty)
The polar bear cub
The polar bear cub Vicks walks under mother Olinka’s legs in their enclosure at the Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam. (Photo: Reuters)
Einstein the world's smallest stallion
Einstein, the world’s smallest stallion, stands next to Playboy the horse in Barnstead, New Hampshire, USA. (Photo: Charlie Cantrell/ Barcroft Media)
The polar bear twin cubs
Gregor and Aleut, the polar bear twin cubs, play with their mother Vera at the zoo in Nuremberg. (Photo: AFP/Getty)
Wallaby joey
Wallaby joey Pip plays amongst the daffodils at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, Bedfordshire. (Photo: PA)